I learned on a recent trip that few places in the world are as nuts about baseball as the Dominican Republic. The subject comes up often in conversation (even with the guy delivering room service.) Only later did I realize that I should have looked up to see exactly which Dominican players are on the Chicago teams, because everyone wanted to discuss it. Every neighborhood has a baseball field or two, some in better shape than others. These photos are from an area on the outskirts of Santo Domingo. Apparently some of the older boys were already being scouted by major league teams. I was told that around one forth of all the players on minor league US teams are from the Dominican Republic. I probably should have gotten an autograph or two in case I was photographing a future Albert Pujols. For now, it was more than enough to watch them enjoying a simple game of Saturday afternoon baseball.